Welcome to St. Christopher Episcopal Church. Our Mission: To restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ. We are blessed to have you join us for worship today! Are You Joining Us for the First Time? Please fill out a visitor card found in a pew or online https://stchristopher.breezechms.com/form/visitorcard Child Care is available in the Nursery during the morning, beginning at 7:45 a.m. Infants to children aged 4 are welcome. Christian Education for All Ages takes place at 9:10 a.m. Restrooms are located outside the Sanctuary in the Narthex before the entrance to the Nursery and outside Buckner Hall in the Christian Education Wing. Need more information? Outreach (care for the community) and Inreach (care for the church family) are of the greatest importance to our mission in Christ here at St. Christopher. We are happy to address all your questions and assist you in your transition into our parish family. Visit our website for details on our worship services, parish ministries, and activities at http://www.stchrischurch.org . 2508 St. Christopher Avenue League City, TX 77573 281-332-5553 www.stchrischurch.org
THIS WEEK AT ST. CHRISTOPHER SUNDAY, 8/7 8:00 a.m. Rite I; 9:10 a.m. St Chris Kids Sunday School; 10:00 a.m. Rite II *; 11:10 a.m. Contemporary* 11:00 a.m. Choir Rehearsal MONDAY, 8/9 12:00 p.m. Noonday Prayer via Zoom; 6:30 p.m. Evening Growth Group via Zoom; 6:30 p.m. Boy Scouts; 6:30 p.m. Finance Committee Meeting TUESDAY, 8/10 6:30 p.m. Evening Growth Group WEDNESDAY, 8/11 7:00 a.m. Morning Prayer via Zoom; 9:30 a.m. Women’s Bible Study; 9:30 a.m. Men’s Breakfast @ Skipper’s THURSDAY, 8/12 6:30 p.m. Thursday Ladies Bible Study & Fellowship; 6:30 p.m. Men’s Bible Study; 7:00 p.m. Contemporary Band Practice FRIDAY, 8/13 8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer via Zoom; 10:00 a.m. Weekday Worship Service SATURDAY, 8/14 7:30 a.m. Men’s Fellowship @ Rudy’s BBQ & Zoom SUNDAY, 8/15 8:00 a.m. Rite I; 9:10 a.m. Christian Education- All Ages; 10:00 a.m. Rite II *; 11:10 a.m. Contemporary* 11:00 a.m. Choir Rehearsal *in-person & online service CONNECT WITH US Submit A Prayer Request Fill out a prayer request card or make a prayer request online at https://www.stchrischurch.org/prayerrequest Follow us on Facebook Watch worship Live, get updates, announcements and more! https://www.facebook.com/StChrisEpiscopal/ Parish Calendar To view the parish calendar online, go to our calendar homepage www.stchrischurch.org/church_calendar PARISH NEWS St. Chris Chicks Thursday Evening – New Study! Beginning Thursday, August 11th in the St. Christopher Conference room, come join us and ignite a passion to be on a mission by examining the work of the early church and see how God's redemptive purposes are unstoppable in the Book of Acts! The bible study book is on www.lifeway.com or Amazon and includes access to seven teaching videos. For more information, contact Julie Howell.
Blessing of the Backpacks, Students, and Teachers! On Sunday, August 21st, all students, teachers, and school administrators are invited to the Blessing of the Backpacks Sunday! At all three services, we will ask God’s blessing upon you, your schools, and student backpacks, so bring them with you! We will also have a children’s sermon on that day! Join us! Inquirers Class Are you new to the Episcopal Church? New to St. Christopher? Interested in Confirmation? Then this class is for you! On Wednesday, August 31st, we will begin a four-week Inquirers Class that will serve as preparation for anyone seeking to be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church, or for those who are new to St. Christopher. Each class will begin at 6:30p.m., and anyone who is in high school or older is invited to attend. For more information, please contact Fr. Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org. New Wednesday Women’s Bible Study Beginning September 7th, Wednesday Women’s Bible Study will begin a new study, JESUS REVEALED- THE I AM STATEMENTS IN THE GOSPEL OF JOHN by Matt Rawle. Please contact Charlotte McCalla if you are interested in ordering a book. A book is not required to attend the study. Women’s Mini Retreat St. Christopher Episcopal Church – League City and St. Thomas The Apostle Episcopal Church & School- Nassau Bay invite all women to our upcoming September 10, 2022, regional Women’s Mini-Retreat entitled Desire, Mystery, and Belonging. We are blessed to have Dr. Sarah Flick author of Desire, Mystery, and Belonging as our guest speaker. This mini retreat will be held at St. Christopher Episcopal Church in League City. It will be a time for spiritual enrichment, prayer, reflection, connection, and fun. The cost is $10 per person with lunch provided. Visit our website, www.stchrischurch.org, for more information and to register. Celebration with St. Augustine in Galveston On Sunday, September 11th, we will gather at St. Augustine in Galveston to give thanks for the ministry we shared during the early days of the pandemic. Our Sunday morning schedule will be 8:00a.m. RITE I at St. Christopher and 10:00a.m. RITE II at St. Augustine with a luncheon afterwards. Mark your calendars. More details to come. Adult Sunday Formation Offering Sunday, July 10th we began a six-week study of the Hymnal 1982, the official hymnal of the Episcopal Church. Join us each week in the parish hall as we focus on a different aspect of the Hymnal: Week 5 – Holy Days and Special Liturgies Week 6 – Favorite Hymns of The Church St. Christopher Playground Campaign Thank you to everyone who has donated! We have raised a 72% of our goal for a total so far of $36,083. We still have more to go. Please see brochure for more information on campaign and a call for the entire congregation to participate. Brochures are located at the Worship Entrance and entrance to Buckner Hall. ICM Collection Located near the Worship Door Entrance, look for the black tub available to receive donations of non-perishable food, hygiene, and paper products for the needy. Also, look for the tub placed in Buckner Hall's entrance. Items needed are either monthly wish list items and/or pantry essentials and hygiene items: WISH LIST – published monthly, focus on one or more product(s). August’s wish item is Paper Products (toilet paper, napkins, paper towels).
IN OUR PRAYERS Pray for our members. Please pray for those in the armed forces and in civilian support positions. Pray for the people of Ukraine. Those in our Parish and Extended Parish Family: Margret, Britt, Patrick, Eric, The Smith Family, Rani, Larry, Steve, Paul, Will, Margaret, Lisa, Cheryl, Becky, Donny, Tommy, Wilma, Angela, Rhonda, Taylor, Gloria, The DeSoto Family, Daniel, Lucy, Josh, Mark, The Vincenzo Family; Marlaine; Snider Family; Tony; Bob; Madelyn & Son; The May Family, Collette, Matt, Ida, Marianne. Father Brian is available to bring the sacrament on the 1st Sunday of the month following communion, and at other times as requested, to the shut-ins and those too ill to come to worship. If you know of someone who needs the sacrament brought to them, please have the individual or family notify the office. PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING AUGUST BIRTHDAYS AUGUST ANNIVERSARIES ** Please make any corrections directly into Breeze (our online directory or in the app); online or contact the parish office.** 8/1 Clive Hallam 8/19 Lily Anzaldua 8/1 Pete Montgomery 8/20 David Rainwater 8/2 Susie Decker 8/22 Kat McPherson 8/5 Dianne Hammond 8/22 Marcia Oliver 8/5 Elena Lawson 8/23 Kate Anzaldua 8/8 Tinsley Montero 8/26 Justin Long 8/8 Virgil Vickroy 8/28 Sam Owens 8/11 Lisa Lothrop 8/29 Hailey Ter Beek 8/17 Marilyn Farmer 8/31 Katie Appelbaum 8/17 Britt Owens 8/31 Tara Hyland 8/18 Javier Martinez 8/31 Neal Jarratt 8/18 Barbara Wagget-Smith 8/5 Roger & Barbara Sweeny 8/7 Roger & Linda De Rick 8/9 Bob & Mary MacGregor 8/11 Ricardo & Joni DeSoto 8/12 Kyle & Roxanne Farmer 8/14 Pete & Jane Montgomery 8/17 Kristler & Marilyn Farmer 8/23 Gary & Kathie Piper 8/23 Thomas & McKim Rowe 8/24 Eric & Heather Zapp 8/30 Sam & Carrie Owens Altar Flowers To make an altar flower donation in remembrance or in celebration please contact the church office or go online to https://stchristopher.breezechms.com/form/altarflowers . The altar flowers today are given to the Glory of God in celebration of Mary Marley’s Birthday.
The Holy Eucharist Rite II The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost Sunday, August 7, 2022 10:00 a.m.
3 The Word of God PRELUDE OPENING HYMN H 410 PRAISE, MY SOUL, THE KING OF HEAVEN
4 OPENING ACCLAMATION BCP p. 355 The people standing, the Celebrant says Celebrant Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. People And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen. COLLECT FOR PURITY BCP p. 355 The Celebrant may say Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen. GLORY TO GOD S 280 The following is sung, all standing
5 THE COLLECT OF THE DAY BCP p. 357 Celebrant The Lord be with you. People And also with you. Celebrant Let us pray. Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
6 The Liturgy of the Word FIRST READING: Genesis 15:1-6 The people sit. A Lesson from the book of Genesis. 1The word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” 2But Abram said, “O Lord GOD, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3And Abram said, “You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.” 4But the word of the LORD came to him, “This man shall not be your heir; no one but your very own issue shall be your heir.” 5He brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” 6And he believed the LORD; and the LORD reckoned it to him as righteousness. Reader The Word of the Lord. People Thanks be to God. Silence may follow. PSALM: Psalm 33:12-22 Remain seated. 12Happy is the nation whose God is the LORD! * happy the people he has chosen to be his own! 13The LORD looks down from heaven, * and beholds all the people in the world. 14From where he sits enthroned he turns his gaze * on all who dwell on the earth. 15He fashions all the hearts of them * and understands all their works. 16There is no king that can be saved by a mighty army; * a strong man is not delivered by his great strength. 17The horse is a vain hope for deliverance; * for all its strength it cannot save. 18Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon those who fear him, * on those who wait upon his love, 19To pluck their lives from death, * and to feed them in time of famine. 20Our soul waits for the LORD; * he is our help and our shield.
7 21Indeed, our heart rejoices in him, * for in his holy Name we put our trust. 22Let your loving-kindness, O LORD, be upon us, * as we have put our trust in you. SECOND READING: Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 The people sit. A Lesson from Paul's letter to the Hebrews. 1Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. 3By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible. 8By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going. 9By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old—and Sarah herself was barren—because he considered him faithful who had promised. 12Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, “as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.” 13All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, 14for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return. 16But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them. Reader The Word of the Lord. People Thanks be to God. Silence may follow.
8 SEQUENCE HYMN H 510 vv. 1,2 COME, HOLY SPIRIT, HEAVENLY DOVE All stand. GOSPEL: Luke 12:32-40 All stand. Priest The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke. People Glory be to thee, O Lord. [Jesus said to his disciples,] 32“Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 35“Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; 36be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. 37Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. 38If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves. 39“But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. 40You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.” Priest The Gospel of the Lord. People Praise be to thee, O Christ.
9 SEQUENCE HYMN H 510 vv. 3,4 COME, HOLY SPIRIT, HEAVENLY DOVE SERMON THE NICENE CREED BCP p. 358 The People stand as they are able. We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
10 THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE BCP p. 392 The People kneel as they are able. In peace, we pray to you, Lord God. Silence For all people in their daily life and work; For our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those who are alone. For this community, the nation, and the world; For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace. For the just and proper use of your creation; For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression. For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble; For those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the needy. For the peace and unity of the Church of God; For all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek the Truth. For Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury; Michael, our presiding bishop; Andy, Jeff, Kay, and Hector, our bishops of the Diocese of Texas; Brian, Viktoria, Bill, and Jim, our priests; Eric, our seminarian, and for all bishops and other ministers; For all who serve God in his Church. For the special needs and concerns of this congregation. Silence Hear us, Lord; For your mercy is great. We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life. Silence We will exalt you, O God our King; And praise your Name for ever and ever. We pray for all who have died, that they may have a place in your eternal kingdom. Silence Lord, let your loving-kindness be upon them; Who put their trust in you. We pray to you also for the forgiveness of our sins. Silence may be kept. Leader and People
11 Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; in your compassion forgive us our sins, known and unknown, things done and left undone; and so uphold us by your Spirit that we may live and serve you in newness of life, to the honor and glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen The Priest stands and says Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen. THE PEACE BCP p. 360 All stand. Celebrant The peace of the Lord be always with you. People And also with you. Then the Ministers and the People may greet one another in the name of the Lord The Holy Communion OFFERTORY SENTENCE The Celebrant and people say Jesus Christ never changes! He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8 OFFERTORY DOXOLOGY Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heavenly host; Praise father, son, and Holy Ghost.
12 The Great Thanksgiving BCP p. 367 The People remain standing. Celebrant The Lord be with you. People And also with you. Celebrant Lift up your hearts. People We lift them to the Lord. Celebrant Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. People It is right to give him thanks and praise. Facing the Holy Table, the Celebrant proceeds It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. For you are the source of light and life; you made us in your image, and called us to new life in Jesus Christ our Lord. Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name: SANCTUS S 125 Celebrant and People
13 BCP p. 368 The People stand or kneel. The Celebrant continues We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling of Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world. In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you. In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life. On the night before he died for us, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.” After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.” Therefore, according to his command, O Father, Celebrant and People We remember his death, We proclaim his resurrection, We await his coming in glory; BCP p. 369 The Celebrant continues And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O Lord of all; presenting to you, from your creation, this bread and this wine. We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts that they may be the Sacrament of the Body of Christ and his Blood of the new Covenant. Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In the fullness of time, put all things in subjection under your Christ, and bring us to that heavenly country where, with all your saints, we may enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation. By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN.
14 THE LORD’S PRAYER BCP p. 363 And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say, People and Celebrant Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen. The Breaking of the Bread FRACTION ANTHEM BCP p. 364 Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us; Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia. INVITATION BCP p. 364 The Celebrant says The Gifts of God for the People of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving.
15 COMMUNION HYMN H 709 O GOD OF BETHEL, BY WHOSE HAND POST-COMMUNION PRAYER BCP p. 365 After Communion, the Celebrant says Let us pray. Celebrant and People Eternal God, heavenly Father, you have graciously accepted us as living members of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and you have fed us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood. Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
16 RECESSIONAL HYMN H 637 HOW FIRM A FOUNDATION, YE SAINTS OF THE LORD
17 BLESSING DISMISSAL Priest Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. People Thanks be to God.
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20 Parish Staff Rector The Rev. Brian Cannaday Assisting Clergy The Rev. Cn. Bill Bryant Assisting Clergy The Rev. Jim Nelson Parish Administrator Alyssa Kelley Contemporary Worship Leader Nicole Gerry Lay Minister John Lothrop Bookkeeper Carla Homer Facilities Manager Dan Keener MDO Director Tami Martinez Vestry Senior Warden Katie Gardner Junior Warden David Crouch Membership/Fellowship Warden Lupe Carrillo Finance Warden Greg Decker Kitchen Warden Kyle Farmer Worship Warden Will Hensel Strategic Planning Warden Julie Howell Membership/Fellowship Warden Jane Montgomery Grounds and Safety Warden Sonny Morrison Worship Warden Elijah Taylor Clerk Cheryl Tolbert Chancellor Jim McCalla St. Christopher Episcopal Church 2508 St. Christopher Avenue League City, TX 77573 281-332-5553 www.stchrischurch.org